The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

What's wrong with you people?

From the NYT:

Dr. Miller's data reveal some yawning gaps in basic knowledge. American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century.(Emphasis added.)

That hurt my brain. I've got to go lie down.

4 Comments:

  • "Lately, people who advocate the teaching of evolution have been citing Dr. Miller's ideas on what factors are correlated with adherence to creationism and rejection of Darwinian theories. In general, he says, these fundamentalist views are most common among people who are not well educated and who "work in jobs that are evaporating fast with competition around the world.""

    Yep. That sounds about right.

    By Blogger JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe, at 9:02 AM  

  • And these people get to vote. There should be science literacy tests.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:17 AM  

  • That's the Webster's definition of craisins.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 11:09 AM  

  • And we wonder why politicians who rely on polls to tell them what to do come up with such incredibly dumb ideas?

    By Blogger Robert, at 10:33 AM  

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